Detectives have arrested one of the country’s most wanted men after a dramatic e-bike chase in Spain.
Dean Garforth, an alleged drugs and firearms supplier, was arrested on Monday afternoon in Nueva Andalucia, Marbella.
The 29-year-old was riding an e-bike when he realised plain-clothed officers were tailing him, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
Garforth, who was wearing sports clothes, sunglasses and a cap, rode the bike into an officer and resisted arrest.
In what was a Europe-wide major operation, the NCA joined had forces with the Spanish National Police and Cheshire Police for the operation to detain the fugitive.
An appeal had previously been made in January as part of the NCA and Crimestopper’s ‘Most Wanted’ campaign featuring 12 fugitives believed to be hiding in Spain.
Garforth, whose last known address was South Hill Road, Dingle, Liverpool, is now in custody awaiting extradition proceedings.
Steve Reynolds, NCA regional manager in Spain, said: ‘Dean Garforth’s arrest was made possible after some great work by the Spanish National Police, supported by the NCA’s international liaison officers and Cheshire Police.
‘Garforth is the sixth fugitive to be arrested from the most wanted list.
‘We won’t stop until the remainder are caught.’
The NCA said Garforth was wanted by Cheshire Police for alleged involvement in an organised crime group, supplying cocaine and cannabis and being involved in trading firearms between March 2020 and July 2020.
Lord Ashcroft, founder and chair of the charity Crimestoppers, said: ‘Most Wanted has proven to be incredibly successful as it publicises those individuals who are on the run and encourages the public to contact us anonymously if they know of their whereabouts.
‘I’m delighted that another fugitive has been caught and I appeal to anyone else who has information about an individual who remains on our list to tell our charity what they know completely anonymously.’
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